I have only recently discovered the culinary art of cooking with tea and want to explore more. Today I did some experimenting and researching making tea ice cream. I have often had Matcha tea ice cream – and love it – but wanted to try out a few other tea flavoured ice creams. After a some experimenting I came up with a delicious simple icecream recipe that allowed the subtle tea flavour to be the main attraction and made a trio of tea ice cream: Chai, Oolong and Earl Grey.
You will need:
- 1 teaspoon of your tea (per 100mls of liquid)
- 1/4 cup of boiling water
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 1/2 cup of cream
- 1 teaspoon of sweetener (sugar, honey or palm sugar)
- 1 teaspoon of powdered gelatin
What to do:
- Steep your tea in a bowl with the boiling water for 5 minutes.
- Add the cream, milk, gelatin and sweetener and bring to the boil for a minute in a saucepan on the stovetop.
- Let the tea leaves sit in the mixture while it cools in the fridge – 1 hour
- Strain out the tea leaves and let the mixture stand in the fridge for -2-4 hours (or overnight) – it should go a bit gelatinous because of the gelatin you added. This will help the final texture of the ice cream.
- Place in your mixture in your ice cream maker and mix for 10-20 minutes until it is like a thick milkshake – then chill in the freezer until ready to use.
- If you don’t have an ice cream maker then follow David Lebovitz’s directions to make it without. And here are some tips from David for making your homemade ice cream softer.
- Serve with some shortbread cookies for a refreshing different sort of afternoon tea.
Why don’t you try Jasmine tea, Matcha or Sencha green tea or Tai tea… wait there’s more – I have compiled a list of delicious and different tea ice cream recipes for you to try out.
- Green tea ice cream – This one uses Sencha tea
- Matcha green tea ice cream – no eggs in this recipe either
- Green tea ice cream with lots of eggs and cream
- Thai ice cream - using powdered Thai tea
- Another Tai tea ice cream – has anyone had Thai tea before? I think it is a black tea with condensed milk and spices added.
- Chai ice cream
- A custard based Chai ice cream recipe
- This Chai ice cream looks amazing
- Earl Grey ice cream – served with shortbread cookies
- Rich and delicious French Earl Grey ice cream
- Serve your Earl Grey Ice cream with lemon delicious pudding
- Another Earl Grey Ice cream recipe
- Teh tarik – ice cream – this is Malaysian style tea with condensed milk.
- Ginger tea ice cream – based on the Malaysian teh halia tea
- Oolong tea ice cream – no eggs in this one
- Jasmine tea ice cream recipe
- Another Oolong tea icecream
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